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Why I Don’t Go to Church Anymore!

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Letter from Wayne Jacobsen: I do appreciate your concern for me and your willingness to raise issues that have caused you concern. I know the way I relate to the church is a bit unconventional and some even call it dangerous. Believe me, I understand that concern because I used to think that way myself and even taught others to as well. Read More »

Submissive Wife or Narcissist Victim?

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It is an admirable goal for a Christian woman to work on becoming  a  submissive wife as outlined in Ephesians 5:22-33, but this sincere desire to please God and her husband can tempt a narcissist to manipulate and abuse the woman. Narcissist predators are on the lookout for women who strive to be  selfless and willing to sacrifice to care for ... Read More »

Submission or Doormat Legalism?

There is dangerous trend in several homeschool movements that focus on obedience to man-made rules instead of God’s rules. Legalism is essentially opposed to grace. Biblical submission teachings are distorted to the point that family life centers around the father of the home rather than on Jesus Christ. This legalism begins with a false teaching about women’s roles. Dr John ... Read More »

Expectations and Legalism?

“Lower your expectations of earth. This isn’t heaven, so don’t expect it to be.” ~ Max Lucado ~ I attended a seminar in 1975 titled “Give Your Expectations to God.” I learned that you can’t be frustrated with people when you don’t expect anything from them. We choose to be irritated and upset with others. Forgive those who fail you; ... Read More »

Do You Need a Church Building to Fellowship?

Define Church When you mention church most people think if the institutional church (IC) organization or a building. A place you have to go to fellowship if you are a Christian. But Bible defines the Church is Christ’s body; a living organism, it cannot be defined as a building or an organization because it is neither. Thanks to the influence ... Read More »

Passover Criticism

Every year I deal with the same  remarks by well-intended but misinformed folks:  they believe observing Passover is legalism or Judaizing. I posted Why Christians are Observing Passover at The Homeschool Lounge last year and got some criticism. I won’t say it doesn’t hurt, because it does. I posted something I thought would encourage people to learn more about Jesus—something ... Read More »

Breaking the Bondage of Legalism

The curious thing about legalism is that you might look at a legalist and a person walking in grace and at times not be able to tell them apart. They could very well be doing the same exact things. The difference lies not on the outside but on the inside, in the realm of motivation. Why is he or she doing it? A person is a legalist, therefore, not necessarily because of what they do or do not doubt do, but because of why they do or don't do it. Read More »

The Perfect Mirror

Jesus was not brought down by atheism and anarchy. He was brought down by law and order allied with religion, which is always a deadly mix. Beware those who claim to know the mind of God and are prepared to use force, if necessary, to make others conform... Read More »

O What Needless Pain We Bear

I’m overwhelmed at the love and mercy in the sweet, compassionate comments from my last post My Story: Masked to Truefaced. Thank you so much for your kind words. My blog friends make my life brighter! Thank you for your unconditional love. (There is a difference between unconditional love and unconditional approval. You don’t have to approve of one’s actions ... Read More »

Being Understood is a Luxury

Christians who are passionate for God can be unaware of the critical need for people to be understood. Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ have deep emotional roots that go ignored. We all have a need to come to grips with the scars from our past, to be honest about our brokenness and become vulnerable and learn to grow through pain. We do this by being heard and being understood. Read More »